- Clinical Practice Guidelines and Principles of Care for People with Dementia
- 14 Essentials for Good Dementia Care in General Practice
- A Care Guide for General Practice
- Dementia and Driving
- Memory Problems: Information for people with Dementia and their carers
- Clinical Practice Guidelines- Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre
- Dementia, decision aids and general practice
- Early Dementia – Optimal Management in General Practice
- AIHW: Dispensing patterns for anti-dementia medications 2016-17
- Advance Care Planning and Dementia
- Dementia in Residential Aged Care: A guide for care workers
- Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre
- Health Pathways Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
- Dementia QI Guide
- Dementia QI PDSA Template (Excel Spreadsheet)
- Dementia Patients and Health Assessments
- Dementia Patients and Cardiovascular Risk
- Dementia Patients and Carers
- Dementia Patients and DMMR
- Dementia Patients and MyHealth Record
- Identify Patients at High Risk for Dementia
- Bulk clean up of free text diagnosis – BP users
- Bulk clean up of free text diagnosis – MD3 users
Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) 24 hour over the phone advice when there are complex behaviours that are stressful for a Carer to manage. They can help the carer work out strategies and access appropriate medical care. Phone 1800 699 799.
CCNB Northern Sydney Dementia Advisory Service provides advice and assistance to people with dementia and their families and can link them with other people with dementia and their carers. Phone 1300 002 262.
Memory Problems Booklet Information for people with Dementia and their carers
Dementia Support Australia (DSA) Free dementia behaviour support programs for carers of people living with dementia where behaviour impacts their care, at home, in community respite settings, residential or acute care settings. Anyone can refer, providing there is a diagnosis of dementia (or suspected dementia); behaviours relate to dementia (including apathy, and depression), and that the person with dementia or their substitute decision maker consents to the referral. Other options include Specialist Dementia Care Programs and the Staying at Home program for carers and people living with dementia who are recently diagnosed with dementia. Phone 1800 699 799.
National Dementia Helpline Free 24 hour telephone service providing information and advice to people with dementia and their friends and family and health and aged care workers. They can also connect to Dementia Australia and community support services and program and discuss government support, including My Aged Care, NDIS, Carer Gateway and DBMAS.
Phone 1800 100500. Webchat: dementia.org.au/helpline/webchat. Mon – Fri 8am-8pm.
Use the referral form for all Dementia Australia services including:
- Post diagnostic support program 6 sessions over 12 months to enhance understanding, plan support, and plan and prepare for changes
- Individual and family-based Counselling support face to face, on the phone, or via videoconferencing
- Living with Dementia group program Interactive program provides an overview of dementia and how to proceed after a diagnosis. It covers coping with change, relationships and communication, planning for the future and staying healthy.
Online Referral form. NSW Referrals NSW.Referrals@dementia.org.au.
Health Navigators find local services for older and vulnerable patients. Phone 1800 271 212.
Northern Sydney Home Nursing Service (NSHNS) provides community-based nursing care to people at home and in clinic environments
Social Work Service provides patients with chronic or complex health care conditions with appropriate service access to nutritional, social, and welfare support.
Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, and Ryde: PCCS GP Social Work Connect Program: Phone 9477 8700. Referral Form.
Hunters Hill, Willoughby, Lane Cove, Mosman, North Sydney, Northern Beaches: CCNB Health at Home Program. Phone 1300 002 262.
Geriatrician Outreach to Primary Care Geriatrician Outreach to Primary Care aims to increase Geriatrician input into GP-led patient planning and care in the community while building relationships and facilitating two-way learning opportunities.
Rapid Response Aged Care Teams home-visiting services for patients at risk of needing hospital. They assess and treat older people experiencing a new decline in health and work closely with Ambulance. Urgent referrals will be home visited within 1-24 hours and non-urgent referrals will be seen within 1 week. Available: Monday to Friday, 8:00am –4:30pm.
Lower North Shore and Ryde/Hunters Hill Aged Care Rapid Response Team –ARRT. Referrals.
0409 460 419 Lower North Shore
0408 546 907 Ryde/Hunters Hill
0434 329 970 Registrar
Hornsby/Kuringai Geriatric Rapid Acute Care Evaluation –GRACE. Referrals. Phone 02 9485 6552 or 0434 183 549.
- ARRT & GRACE have Geriatricians, Senior Nurses & physiotherapists, ARRT have Advance trainee in Geriatrics.
- Provide home-based treatment and assessment for a range of conditions common in older people who are living in their own homes or in residential aged care facilities.
- Can organise alternative treatment options including HITH (APAC), hospital or private clinics, specialty reviews, imaging, and diagnostics.
- Supports GPs and other services to provide home-based management for frail elderly people who are deteriorating and are at risk of hospitalisation.
- Uses both videoconferencing and/or home visits to assess and review and treat older people
Beaches Rapid Access Care for the Elderly – BRACE Referrals. Phone 02 9998 6111.
Northern Sydney Carer Support information, guidance, and support that is practical and local to help carers find the right services for their needs
Carers Australia Phone 1800 242636.
Sydney North Health Network, the Improvement Foundation and a local expert reference panel collaborated to develop quality indicators to support improvement in dementia care in general practice nationally, including detection, timely diagnosis and management.
The Dementia Quality Improvement Program (DQIP) commenced in Feb 2018. The program provides support to participating practices to analyse current dementia care management utilising the specified indicators. Practices are participating in small group workshops and peer support programs to develop individualised improvement plans to support implementation of evidence-based best practice care.
For more information or to express an interest in any of these opportunities, please complete this Expression of Interest form.
The Northern Sydney Dementia Collaborative was established in 2014, with assistance from the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation’s “Building Partnerships” program, which aimed to form alliances that work together to integrate care for older people with complex health needs. Nowhere is this more needed than in people with dementia. There are a range of services available in Northern Sydney for people with dementia and their carers. However, information about these services and how to access them is not well understood by the people who need them the most or by health professionals. It is estimated that over 12,000 people in Northern Sydney are living with dementia and this figure will continue to grow as the population ages.
Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) 24 hour over the phone advice when there are complex behaviours that are stressful for a Carer to manage. They can help the Carer work out strategies and access appropriate medical care. Phone 1800 699 799
CCNB Northern Sydney Dementia Advisory Service provides advice and assistance to people with dementia and their families and can link them with other people with dementia and their carers. Phone 1300 002 262
National Dementia Helpline – Free 24 hour telephone service providing information and advice to people with dementia and their friends and family and health and aged care workers. They can also connect to Dementia Australia and community support services and program and discuss government support, including My Aged Care, NDIS, Carer Gateway and DBMAS.
Phone 1800 100500.Webchat: dementia.org.au/helpline/webchat. Operating hours Mon – Fri 8am-8pm.
Dementia Australia Services:
- Post diagnostic support program: 6 sessions over 12 months to enhance understanding, plan support and plan and prepare for changes
- Individual and family based Counselling support – face to face, on the phone or via videoconferencing
- Living with Dementia group program – Interactive program provides an overview of dementia and how to proceed after a diagnosis. It covers coping with change, relationships, and communication, planning for the future, and staying healthy.